Atchison County, Missouri

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Atchison County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Atchison County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded February 14, 1845
Named for David Rice Atchison
Seat Rock Port
Largest city Tarkio
Area
 • Total 547.36 sq mi (1,418 km2)
 • Land 544.72 sq mi (1,411 km2)
 • Water 2.64 sq mi (7 km2), 0.48
Population
 • (2010) 5,685
 • Density 12/sq mi (5/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.atchisoncounty.org

Atchison County is a county located in the northwest portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the county had a population of 5,685.[1] Its county seat is Rock Port.[2] It was originally known as Allen County when it was detached from Holt County in 1843.[3] The county was officially organized on February 14, 1845 and named for U.S. Senator David Rice Atchison from Missouri.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 547.36 square miles (1,417.7 km2), of which 544.72 square miles (1,410.8 km2) (or 99.52%) is land and 2.64 square miles (6.8 km2) (or 0.48%) is water.[5]

Atchison's western boundary for the most part is the Missouri River and Nebraska. An 1867 flood straightened a bend in the river north of Watson. Both Nebraska and Missouri claimed the 5,000 acre McKissick Island that extends almost two miles into Atchison County. The Supreme Court in 1904 decided that the land belongs to Nebraska. The only way Nebraska can reach it by road is to cross the Missouri River and then travel through Missouri.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,678
1860 4,649 177.1%
1870 8,440 81.5%
1880 14,556 72.5%
1890 15,533 6.7%
1900 16,501 6.2%
1910 13,604 −17.6%
1920 13,008 −4.4%
1930 13,421 3.2%
1940 12,897 −3.9%
1950 11,127 −13.7%
1960 9,213 −17.2%
1970 9,240 0.3%
1980 8,605 −6.9%
1990 7,457 −13.3%
2000 6,430 −13.8%
2010 5,685 −11.6%
Est. 2012 5,517 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 6,430 people, 2,722 households, and 1,777 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 3,103 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.00% White, 2.05% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.31% from two or more races. Approximately 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,722 households out of which 26.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.80% were married couples living together, 6.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.70% were non-families. 31.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.10% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 24.20% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 21.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 99.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,959, and the median income for a family was $38,279. Males had a median income of $27,468 versus $18,855 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,956. About 9.30% of families and 11.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.70% of those under age 18 and 12.40% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Unincorporated towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Atchison County is divided into 11 townships:

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

  • Rock Port R-II School District – Rock Port
    • Rock Port Elementary School (K-06)
    • Rock Port High School (07-12)
  • Tarkio R-I School DistrictTarkio
    • Tarkio Elementary School (PK-06)
    • Tarkio High School (07-12)

Private Schools[edit]

  • Tarkso Academy – Tarkio (07-12) – Nonsectarian (All Boys)

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

The Republican Party controls politics at the local level in Atchison County. Republicans hold all but five of the elected positions in the county.

Atchison County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Lori Brown Jones Democratic
Circuit Clerk Lorie Hall Republican
County Clerk Susette M. Taylor Republican
Collector Diane Livengood Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Curtis Livengood Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
David P. Chapin Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Kent A. Fisher Democratic
Coroner Shawn Minter, Jr. Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Dan Smith Independent
Public Administrator Karen A. Lester Democratic
Recorder Lorie Hall Republican
Sheriff Dennis D. Martin Democratic
Treasurer Debbie True Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 45.93% 1,336 50.22% 1,461 3.85% 112
2004 63.65% 1,973 34.90% 1,082 1.45% 45
2000 57.05% 1,610 41.42% 1,169 1.53% 43
1996 37.36% 1,111 61.13% 1,818 1.51% 45

All of Atchison County is a part of Missouri’s 4th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Mike Thomson (R-Maryville).

Missouri House of Representatives - District 4 – Atchison County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Thomson 1,749 84.17
Democratic Robert L. Ritterbusch 329 15.83

All of Atchison County is a part of Missouri’s 12th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Brad Lager (R-Savannah).

Missouri Senate - District 12 – Atchison County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Brad Lager 1,904 100.00

Federal[edit]

All of Atchison County is included in Missouri’s 6th Congressional District and is currently represented by Sam Graves (R-Tarkio) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 6th Congressional District – Atchison County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sam Graves 1,736 82.35
Democratic Clint Hylton 372 17.65
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 65.05% 1,936 33.60% 1,000 1.35% 40
2004 67.71% 2,137 31.84% 1,005 0.44% 14
2000 62.63% 1,798 35.28% 1,013 2.09% 60
1996 44.56% 1,327 42.51% 1,266 12.93% 385

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Atchison County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 281 (37.92%)
Mike Huckabee 189 (25.51%)
Mitt Romney 230 (31.04%)
Ron Paul 25 (3.37%)
Atchison County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 347 (54.73%)
Barack Obama 262 (41.32%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 15 (2.37%)
Uncommitted 7 (1.10%)

Notable residents[edit]

  • David Rice Atchison - President for one day

Michael J. Burg - Actor

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Disappearing Missouri Names". The Kansas City Star. March 19, 1911. p. 15. Retrieved August 15, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 202. 
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:jxQJS0nNWG4J:www.midlandsurvey.com/Downloads/MS_McKissickIsland_NationalArchive_2010.pdf+&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEEShfS9h3cA9u0GilN1vitrrU5l6JQgYcuzzJeAkLdhNiw1QKXX0mvbusIW0f0GslfY314UOK1NUsWPNzXiw3ASZ2Qp142OVqyy1BaE9SvFdnSnS6KM2M8mgXkeOyyji2sXbfs_l2&sig=AHIEtbRGueCR6Zt2VK4-7Gv4dZA4sN4Glg
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°26′N 95°26′W / 40.43°N 95.43°W / 40.43; -95.43